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PSAC concerned about plan to privatize heating plants serving the Hill, 80-plus federal buildings in National Capital Region

By Emily Haws      

The plan to change the heating system from steam to low-temperature hot water will save $750-million over 40 years, says Public Services and Procurement Canada.

PSAC alternate regional executive vice-president Alex Silas speaks to about 30 people at a rally on Sparks Street against the government's plan to privatize the modernization and maintenance of the heating and cooling system for 80 area buildings. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

The Public Service Alliance of Canada is pressuring the government to drop its plan to contract out work on five heating plants that serve more than 80 buildings in the National Capital Region, saying that the proposed public-private partnership compromises health and safety, promotes precarious work, and could cause environmental issues.

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